Rockstar Energy Husqvarna announced their lineup for the 2019 Supercross season and there were some surprises to fans and experts alike. The announcement took place at the Husqvarna Motorcycles headquarters in Murrieta, California at a private media event. The team is bringing back a couple of riders as well as bringing in a couple of new riders that should increase the competitiveness of their team. Look at the podium at Supercross Anaheim 1 to see how the team fares in the first event of the 2019 season. Husqvarna’s team manager is confident going into the 2019 season and believes that the team can make a lot of noise.
Team Manager Bobby Hewitt said, “Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing had a great 2018 Supercross season, in achieving two championships. Looking forward to 2019, we are going to work even harder to have a repeat successful season. Having both Anderson and Osborne in the 450 premier class is beneficial as we have young, up and coming 250 riders on our team. Covington, Mosiman, and Bailey are training hard for the upcoming season. I feel very fortunate to have a great staff, strong manufacturer support with Husqvarna Motorcycles, and a dedicated title sponsor again with Rockstar Energy. We are surrounded with 100% support and it gives everyone the confidence to have another historical season!”
Jason Anderson signed a four-year deal with the team earlier in the season so it was no surprise to anyone that he was returning to the team for the 2019 season. Anderson won the 2018 AMA Supercross 450SX Championship and he will be looking to reclaim the title in the 2019 season. Anderson will be riding the FC 450 Rockstar Edition bike during the 2019 season so be on the lookout for the bike and its’ incredible design. Anderson is looking to get back out there and turn some heads at Supercross Anaheim 1.
“The 2019 season is rapidly approaching and I look forward to getting back to Supercross,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be stacked this year in the 450 class and I look forward to consistently racing my way to the podium.”
Husqvarna has one other rider in the 450 class and he is a rookie, Zach Osborne. He won the 250SX East Region twice and was the 2017 250 Pro Motocross Champion. He could make a lot of noise as a 450 rookie but he is far from a rookie experience wise. Husqvarna lost a 450 rider in Dean Wilson, and there was some hope that he would return for the 2019 season but he has decided to ride as a privateer. Wilson will be dearly missed at Supercross Anaheim 1. But, it was easy to see that Osborne was pumped to be in the 450 class for the first time.
“2019 marks my rookie season in the 450 class, an opportunity I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid,” Osborne said. “The 450 class is the pinnacle of the sport and I’m very excited to try my hand and see what I can do against the best in the sport.”
Thomas Covington is coming back to the United States motocross scene after spending his entire career in Europe riding in the FIM Motocross World Championship. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the 250 Supercross class. It will be interesting to see him compete at Anaheim 1 as that will be his first race. He is certainly excited to prove his worth to the motocross world and show his stuff against some of the best in the world.
“I’m really excited to continue my relationship with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing here in the States with Bobby Hewitt’s team,” Covington said. “They’ve had a lot of success in the last couple years, so I’m thankful to get this opportunity.”
Michael Mosiman is returning to the team after a moderately successful 2018 250 class season. Mosiman is looking to continue improving to try and get into the 450 class for the 2020 season. Keep a close eye on him as he is one of the rising stars in the sport.
“I’m excited and honored to be riding for such a proven team as Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing,” Mosiman said. “After having a whole season healthy under my belt, I think we’ll be able to go out and turn some heads in 2019.”
Make sure that you tune into Supercross Anaheim 1 to see how Anderson and the rest of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team fares in the first race of the season. Anderson will most likely continue to dominate in the 450 class to try and win his second title in a row.